Playing for a Summer Wedding

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We recently had the pleasure of playing for the wedding of a lovely young couple in a beautiful garden in West Gawler.  As with most garden weddings there is always the element of anxiousness with regard to the weather, however on this occasion, we could not have asked for a better day.

We arrived around 2 pm to set ourselves up under the shady trees. Chairs had been set in rows facing north, with a little aisle in the centre. While we were warming up paper cones of rose petals were set out on each seat, their scent wafting in our direction as the wind began to swirl a little.Guests began to arrive about 45 minutes before the ceremony was due to start. They chatted amicably together, enjoying the refreshments provided, while we played Handel, Hummel, Klengel and Schubert. Our pianist, Dominique, had an ongoing battle with the wind, which, although not strong, presented her with a continual challenge.

The bride had chosen Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for her entry. Unfortunately, with all the guests crowding between us and where the bride was entering it was rather difficult to see when we should start playing! One young man offered to be our ‘scout’ and when he gave us the nod we began to play.

Pachelbel’s Canon was chosen for the signing of the register. Much to our cellst Dave’s relief, we have an arrangement in which the cello part is not the usual soporific pattern of D-A-B-F#-G-D-G-A!  We ended with the Hornpipe in D, by Handel, from the Royal Fireworks Suite – a very bright and joyful piece to end such a beautiful occasion.

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